After transforming a GameCube into a modern gaming PC, content creator ETA Prime tried to discover the true power of Steam Deck by assembling a similar-spec gaming PC to test its performance.
In his latest study dedicated to Valve’s portable console, the youtuber famous for his specials on retrogaming and on the performance of the most disparate technological devices started from the hardware specifications of Steam Deck to assemble a computer powered by an AMD APU with Zen 2 processor and RDNA 2 graphics.
Through appropriate underclocking and RAM memory optimization interventions to equate the specifications of your PC with those of Steam Deck and its hardware driven by a APU a 4 core e 8 thread, ETA Prime has therefore conducted tests with titles such as Skyrim, Fortnite, GTA 5, DOOM Eternal, Genshin Impact and Cyberpunk 2077.
The results of his tests are really encouraging: thanks to the infinite configuration options accessible in the PC environment, the youtuber has demonstrated the potential of the latest AMD solutions with integrated graphics in the CPU Ryzen. The content creator thus demonstrated how a “comparable” PC gaming to Steam Deck is perfectly capable of reaching 30fps in video games run at 720p resolution. The framerate indicated by Valve as the starting point of Steam Deck, however, can be easily overcome by selectively lowering the graphic parameters to reach framerate of 60fps and above.
The only doubts expressed by the content creator concerns the Steam Deck TDP and, more precisely, the parameter indicated by Valve in the 15 watt of energy required to power the console: according to the youtuber, the Deck’s APU will operate at the frequencies indicated by the specifications only rarely, both for a matter of energy expenditure and, consequently, of heat emitted. The tests on the “twin” PC of Steam Deck, however, do not take into account the performance boost guaranteed by Valve’s portable console in the use of well 16GB of LPDDR5 RAM memory.
For further information onhardware and on functionality of the new hybrid platform from Valve, we invite you to read our special on Steam Deck between doubts and certainties.